Football fan Steven Bate is taking on the challenge of cycling to every one of the country’s Premier League club stadiums in just 10 days.
The 29-year-old will cycle the 1,000 miles between the 20 grounds to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
He hopes to complete the challenge and will pose for pictures at each of the stadiums for a live webpage that will track his progress.
Starting at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, Steven will make his way down the country before finishing outside his own team’s stadium – Fratton Park.
He said: ‘It’s the 20 Premier League clubs and Pompey – I can’t leave them out. I have to include my own team and I thought it would be a good finishing line because my mates and girlfriend Carrie can meet me there when I’m done.’
In preparation for the bike ride, Steven has been taking part in rides across the area, including the British Heart Foundation’s 70-mile Round the Isle of Wight event.
He regularly runs long distances and last year took part in the Great South Run, the Gosport Half Marathon, and the South Downs Way Challenge.
‘It’s quite daunting to take on such a jump in mileage but it wouldn’t be a challenge otherwise,’ he said.
‘My fitness is at a level where I know I will be okay. ‘I’m just wondering what will break first, the bike or me.
‘Either way I know I’ll complete it – even if I have to run it.’
Steven, of Whitwell Road, Southsea, has already collected £1,000 in donations for Alzheimer’s Research UK and sponsors are still flooding in.
He was inspired to raise money for the charity after seeing dementia effect close members of his family, including his two nans Alma Bate and Dot Bradstreet, and his stepdad’s dad Derick Crown.
‘This is the first time I’ve ever done anything for charity,’ he added.
‘Their illnesses are getting bad, so I wanted to do it for them.
‘My nan, for example, will be fine some days but others she asks the same question over and over again and you just have to go with it.
‘It’s sad and it’s hard having known her all my life to see her like that.
‘I’ve looked into what happens in the later stages of the illness and I’m not looking forward to that, but it’s just one of those things that I’ll have to learn to cope with.’
Steven will set off on the bike ride, which he organised himself with maps and through the internet, on May 24.
To donate or track his progress on the ride, see wix.com/premiership/cycle